Best lenses for Nikon D610: Short telephoto and standard focal lengths

By Kevin Carter - Thursday November 21 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best prime lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best zoom lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best portrait lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best standard lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best standard zoom lenses for the Nikon D610

The AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4G stays at the top of the rankings in this category thanks to its high overall image quality and high-sharpness but the more modestly priced AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G isn’t so far behind. Indeed there’s just one point in their respective DxOMark scores, which means image quality would be difficult to tell apart in real world use.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G21993921
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G6903819
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon18403517
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Nikon3283517
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon9693318
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF12303216
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED8903116
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon7493119
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D4603017
Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D10993018
Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Nikon4992914
Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon12802817
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO Nikon4602815
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon9692718
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Nikon6402717

The Samyang 85mm f1.4 Aspherical IF is another high-speed model that performs well optically but it doesn’t have the same uniformity at wider apertures as the two Nikon lenses and, don’t forget, it’s a manual focus only model.

Still, while it doesn’t have the corner sharpness of the two Nikon models that’s not so much of an issue for a portrait lens, and it does have good control of CA and vignetting. At just under half the price of the Nikon 85mm f1.8 model, it’s a seriously tempting option.